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The DC LERA Board of Governors invites you to the monthly luncheon meeting Wednesday, March 25th...

The 1877 Railroad Strike in Baltimore

with author and guest speaker
Bill Barry
Retired Director of Labor Studies at
The Community College of Baltimore County-Dundalk

The isolated work stoppage which began at Baltimore’s Camden Yards on the morning of July 16, 1877, was a specific reaction against a 10% pay cut by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and a general protest against conditions on the railroad and arrogant management attitudes. 

The B&O workers’ refusal to accept another wage reduction quickly became America’s first national strike, involving more than 100,000 workers in 14 states, the mobilization of 45,000 militiamen and the deployment of almost half of the United States Army.  By the time the strike was broken, an estimated 117 people were dead, hundreds were injured, thousands were jailed, and $5 million of property had been destroyed. 

Bill Barry will discuss the epic 1877 railroad strike at the March 25, 2015 DC LERA meeting.  A union organizer for 20 years, Bill Barry is the retired Director of Labor Studies at The Community College of Baltimore County-Dundalk, where he taught union training classes, including labor history, throughout the state of Maryland.  Bill sponsored the historical marker at Camden Yards commemorating the 1877 railroad workers strike, and this effort led to his book, The 1877 Railroad Strike in Baltimore

Bill will have copies of The 1877 Railroad Strike in Baltimore for sale ($15, cash or check, no credit cards please), plus his other books:

I Just Got Elected, Now What? A New Union Officer's Handbook ($15)

Union Strategies for Hard Times ($15)

From First Contact to First Contract: A Union Organizer's Handbook ($17)

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begins: 11:30; Lunch: 12:00;
Program & Q&A; 12:30; Adjourn 1:30. 

Program begins at 12:30.

Mark your calendar for the April 22, 2015 Luncheon Meeting!



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